For Christians all over the world, Lent is a time for either giving something up or taking up something new. This year the Pope is apparantly going to be tweeting once a day during Lent to share “messages in various languages, including English, Spanish and German”, through his new Twitter account.
This isn’t actually the Pope’s first sortie into the world of Twitter. The Vatican has used Twitter for a little while and back in June last year, Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet to launch a Vatican news portal on the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Using an iPad on that occasion, his message read: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”
During Lent, tweets will be flowing once a day from the Pope’s new twitter handle, which is the rather awkwardly named @Pope2YouVatican. The Pope’s latest twitter profile has just over 21,000 followers, which doesn’t sound all that many given that Lady Gaga has 19,734,052!
Like many celebrety tweeters, the account isn’t managed by the Pope himself, but by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCSC) who will be using Twitter to spread themes from the 2012 Lenten messages on behalf of the Pope.
There is also an accompanying website, an iPhone App, a facebook app and a YouTube channel – the Pope (or at least the Pontifical Council for Social Communications) has gone social media crazy for Lent!
Follow the Pope: Pope2YouVatican